He is right, of course. Sometimes parenting seems much more rewarding and wonderful from a distance.
However, I also think it is always worth being reminded of how much I have.
Which is why I am sitting here, feeling misty over this piece on parenting by Anna Quindlen.
As Quindlen writes:
You could read human progress through the tears. The tears of a baby are often a reflex, for a toddler almost always the fruit of frustration or fatigue. The tears of a child begin to be the tears of knowledge. The older heart is more breakable.
Not just the older heart, but the heart that is connected meaningfully to other hearts.